As Christians we have a unique and powerful weapon, We have God’s word that tells us exactly how he feels about us and who we are to Him. It says in 2 Timothy 1:7 that God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of sound mind. God has bestowed in each of us power to overcome our enemies in our mind. knowing who you are to Him is powerful and you cannot be afraid if you know who you are.
So who are you? I spent a long time in church before anyone ever started talking about who I was to God. I knew what I was supposed to do. I knew God loved me but I never knew the extent of His love until I started going outside of the church, into Bible studies and conferences, listening to people like Joyce Meyers and Vivian Hibbert. The truth is that if you don’t know who you are in God you don’t really know how to rely on Him to live a Christian lifestyle. Its all ritual and religious rules until you encounter how much He loves you.
A friend passed on to me an email about who I am in Christ to me when I was going through a really rough time. You can read the email here. Who I am In Christ. It is a list of verses that describe who God says you are. Joyce Meyers has a similar list you can find here. https://joycemeyer.org/everydayanswers/ea-teachings/knowing-who-i-am-in-christ
I read my list aloud everyday for months. Then finally one day I didn’t need to read it anymore. When negative, spiraling, out of control thoughts would hit me I would just start saying who I was to myself and it worked. The thoughts would stop. Today I don’t accept thoughts that say I’m worthless or not good enough or not good at my work. I know I am God’s child. That He holds me up with his mighty right hand and makes my paths straight. That He inclines His ear to me when I talk to Him and keeps my tears in a bottle. He promises He has good plans for me and He does and will do the same for you. God promises armies of angels to cover you. How can you feel afraid when you think of that.
God promises a sound mind. That’s a healthy mind, a strong mind. But you have to put in the work to get there. If your like me and your neurons need help, take your medicine, go to therapy, learn the tools you need but also soak in these verses and begin to fight back those negative thoughts with the loving positive thoughts that God has for you.
Paul talks about putting on the Helmet of Salvation in Ephesians 6:17. Knowing God’s love for you, knowing what He saved you from. That is what that helmet is. Helmets protect your head from injury. Your mind is in your head. The Helmet of Salvation, knowing who you are in Christ, protects your thoughts, your mind from the enemy, Satan, who loves to try to fill our minds with negative thoughts about ourselves.
God’s love for you is so vast. Just think we are seated in heavenly places with Christ. (Ephesians 2:6) He fearfully and wonderfully made you (Psalm 139:14) with a plan and a purpose for your life in mind. (Jeremiah 29:11) because you are His creation and He loves you.